Participants

Please note, the list of participants is constantly being updated. Check back often for additions, changes and cancellations.

Lisa Jakub

You Look Like That Girl

Lisa Jakub, author of You Look Like That Girl, grew up in Hollywood, where she acted in more than forty movies and television shows, including Mrs. Doubtfire and Independence Day. Searching for a path that felt more authentic, Lisa retired from acting at age twenty-two and ran away to Virginia. She is now a writer.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Facebook Speaker's Twitter Genre: Non-Fiction

Willis Jenkins

The Future of Ethics: Sustainability, Social Justice, and Religious Creativity

Willis Jenkins is the author of The Future of Ethics: Sustainability, Social Justice, and Religious Creativity and Ecologies of Grace: Environmental Ethics and Christian Theology on the intersection of religion and environment. He is associate professor of Religious Studies at UVa.

 

 

 

Genre: Non-Fiction

Frances Jensen

The Teenage Brain

Frances E. Jensen, MD, author of The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults, is a professor of neurology and the chair of the neurology department at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Whitney Johnson

Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work

Whitney Johnson, author of Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work, formerly co-founded a boutique investment firm with Harvard Business School’s Clayton Christensen. She is a former award-winning Wall Street equity analyst and a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review.

Johnson joins the 2016 Virginia Festival of the Book to discuss disruptive innovation, the primary topic she examines in her new book. A prolific speaker, she has spoken to audiences of more than 30,000 on her ideas and vision.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Facebook Speaker's Twitter Genre: Non-Fiction

Kristen Johnson

The Justice Calling: Where Passion Meets Perseverance

Kristen Deede Johnson, co-author of The Justice Calling: Where Passion Meets Perseverance, teaches and writes in the areas of theology, culture, formation, and political theory. She is a graduate of UVa.

Speaker's Twitter Genre: Non-Fiction

Leanna Joyner

Hiking through History: Civil War Sites on the Appalachian Trail

Leanna Joyner, author of Hiking through History, is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and the trail resources manager for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Deep South regional office. She previously worked in radio marketing and communications for a Washington-area leadership nonprofit.

Genre: Non-Fiction